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jobs that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on "federal budget cuts." the agency says it was forced to furlough air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency $640 million. the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and early numbers show delays at baltimore, washington, and laguardia spiking four-fold today over last monday. but part of that could be weather-related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. so here's the confusing thing. the flights to washington, d.c. all seem to be delayed from miami. but the flight tracker here on the faa website has no delays. >> so 10% fewer air traffic controllers still have the same number of planes in the air at the same time. about 5,000 of them. transportation secretary ray lahood called it a calamity. >> safety will never be compromised. safety is not involved in the decision that we made about who to furlough and when to do it. >> reporter:
of flight delays, as the faa scrambles to make due with fewer air traffic controllers. some of the nation's busiest airports fell behind because federal budget cuts have resulted in furloughs across the faa. delays are ranging from 15 minutes to several hours. >>> the record rainfall and flooding that's inundating much of the midwest is far from over. in peoria, the illinois river is cresting today, expected to hit nearly 30 feet. the problem is flood stage is only 18 feet. mississippi and other river towns are seeing similar swamping. near st. louis, more than 100 barges broke free, some smashing into bridges. at least ten of them sank. >>> and there's evidence that we are not exaggerating about the water levels. here it is. take a look at a fish swimming by someone's office window. that's in grand rapids. the river there crested at nearly 22 feet. >> my goodness. >> yikes. >>> today's forecast for the flood zone won't be a welcome one. plan on plenty of rain stretching from south texas all the way to the great lakes. and in the northern-most spots it will be snowing again today. as much
for more flight delays triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule. faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. here's the confusing thing. the fligh
and all faa workers are losing one workday every other week. >>> all right, spring flooding turned much of the midwest into a muddy mess. record rainfall to blame for high water. for example, nearly 10 inches has fall in this month in grand rapids, michigan. swollen rivers can't take much more. forecasters say more rain is expected tomorrow. >> here's a look at your weather -- expect thunderstorms around southern kansas, oklahoma. by the evening commute, you could see snow around minneapolis and parts of the upper midwest. >> unseasonably cool along the east coast, new england to georgia with temperatures staying in the 50s. but check out the west. dry and warm. hitting the 90s in some spots. >>> to a shining example of someone who really l job. >> a powerful earthquake rocked china over the weekend brought everything to a stand still including a wedding in progress. the bride you just saw there happens to be an anchorwoman. she got right to work. still wearing her wedding gown and her veil. check her out. >> that is hilarious. she abandoned her big day and started reporting on the quak
of the sequestration cuts ordered b congress. the f.a.a. says safety will not be compromised but there will be delays and today is the first big test as it is the first business day of the cuts. air traffic controllers hope that pressure from the public will stop the furloughs. this is going to be impactful and we agree there should be another way to accomplish this. airlines are not happy about this, either, and they say the passengers should tell the f.a.a. they don't like this and find other ways to cut. the f scheduled to last through the end of september. >> the ground staff of the german airlines have walked off the we job forcing germany's biggest carrier to cancel the majority of flights. some united passengers to germany may be booked on a different flight so check your ticket and the airline. >> oak police are searching for the down man involved in an attempted robbery in an upscale neighborhood on saturday night. the shooter tried to problem a man walking down the street but shot him and not taking anything. the victim was taken to the hospital and is stable condition. the shooter ran off.
an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise. r
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